The Philadelphia Flyers signed prospect Aleksei Kolosov to a three-year entry-level contract last week after he spent last season playing for Minsk Dynamo in the KHL. Now with the 21-year-old netminder under contract, the Flyers have officially announced that they’ve lent Kolosov back to Minsk for next season. The Belarus-born goaltender has spent his entire KHL career with Minsk dressing in 79 games and putting up a 28-39-7 record with a 2.73 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
Last season, Kolosov had much better numbers than his KHL career average as he went 13-21-5 with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. His numbers aren’t exactly sparkling, however at 21 years old he has been playing professional hockey against men for the better part of three seasons and has shown himself to be formidable.
The 2021 third-round pick has NHL potential but will be an undersized netminder at just 6’0” and 185 pounds. In today’s NHL the average goaltender is generally at least 6’2” and 200 pounds, although in recent seasons undersized goaltenders have become much more of a norm. Juuse Saros stands just 5’11” and weighs 180 pounds showing that small netminders can put up elite numbers in the NHL.
Given that Kolosov will be spending his fourth season in the KHL, it’s not unreasonable to think he could be pushing for a job with the Flyers before his entry-level contract expires in 2025-26. His likeliest path will be to play out the year in Minsk before graduating to the Flyers AHL affiliate in year two of his contract.